Some seniors (and other people as well) tend to avoid seeing the doctor as much as possible. Many people are simply afraid to disrupt their life and actually visit the doctor’s office. While rest and fluids might be enough for a regular cold, there are some more serious symptoms that require you to get additional help. Below is a list of four signs that may be telling you it’s time to see a doctor:
Sign #1 – Skin Changes
Because the outer layer of skin is thinner and more susceptible to breakage as we age, seniors are more at risk of skin infections. If it becomes infected and goes untreated, even a tiny cut could become a severe drug-resistant infection. While a small cut is not something to worry about, discoloration or puss are definite indications that you want to take immediate action.
Sign #2 – Chest Pain
One of the common indicators for cardiac incidents is chest pain. The National Institutes of Health suggests that in order to prevent death (and limiting overall damage to the heart), treating a heart attack as quickly as possible is imperative. If you experience sudden chest pain, it is important to call 9-1-1. If you need fast medical assistance, it is a good idea to have someone else drive you to the hospital.
Sign #3 – Common Colds That Last Over A Week
When it comes to catching colds and viruses, seniors are amongst the most susceptible group. A regular cold is going to last around a week – this is normal. However, if you have symptoms such as a stuffy nose, drippy nose, wheezing or couching and it does not become better in seven days, it is a good idea to see your physician. You might need antibiotics or other treatment when you have a bacterial infection that is simply not going to go away on its own.
Sign #4 – A High Fever
Around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is a normal body temperature. People might run a little lower or a little higher. However, if you have a fever that reaches upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you might need medical attention due to a serious infection. One of the issues that presents itself with a fever (including chills, coughs and lung issues) is pneumonia. By raising your internal temperature, the body is trying to destroy the infection.
One of the many benefits of living in an assisted living community is having health care professionals available to advise you on when it’s time to see a doctor. Learn more about the benefits of senior living communities, assisted living and memory care options on our at www.carltonseniorliving.com.